Apple Mac users being targeted in new Malware Attack.

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  1. Gromett

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    PS: it is possible to protect yourself from this mistake by using dnsmasq on a Mac to set a wildcard to point all .om domains to 127.0.0.1
    This would mean if you went to one by mistake it would be routed back to your own computer and you would just get a page not found message.

    I can't advise on how to set this up as I don't have a Mac sorry. But it would be worth doing if you can.
     
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    Thank you
     
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    Thanks, might have a look at that, sometimes my Mother in law uses my Macbook, and her typing isn't very logical at times....
     
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    My Avast picked this up a couple of weeks ago and wouldn't let me open it even if I was stupid enough to try!

    No one should attempt to down load any soft ware, other than from a trusted website, on any type of machine, Windows, Mac, Android or Linux!

    If your Mac is security set up is default, it won't let you open any .dmg files that are not from a recognised safe source!
     
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    I use avast on my Mac as well, and a VPN. Didn't know that last bit, though - security is default so should be ok
     
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    Here in System Preferences
    Screen Shot 2016-03-15 at 09.56.39.png

    Default will probably be App Store only,
     
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    I thought Apple didn't have virus mail-ware problems.....:)
     
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    I came across this fake Flash download fake but not by typing .om in fact I've tried the .om websites in the article and most won't load and revert to .com, gmail.om did open but to some website that was to do with parking I think.
     
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    Ah yes - forgot about that. Yes, I changed it from Apple Store only when I installed (I think) the VPN. Cheers!
     
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    If you use a Mac as 99% of users do, you will not encounter any, unlike Microsoft users.
    However if you override your built in security and down load things you shouldn't, from areas you did not ought to be in then there is a risk.

    eg Mercedes build some of the safest cars in the world, but if you will insist on driving over cliffs, then their 7 air bag safety system probably wont help you much!!
     
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    When I worked at McAfee they had a team dedicated to Macs so the threat is out there.
    Don't be complacent.
     
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    So 99% of mac users have never made a mistake by missing the "c" from .com
    Was Gromett only giving the heads up to 1% of apple users. The rest don't make mistakes.
     
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    Of course they do as do others, there are a lot of OS X machines out there, and money to be made.
    But if you use your Mac as you should, then you really don't need them other than to disinfect any emails from an outside source, which you may forward to PC users.
    If you want extra protection, use Avast, as all the others seem to play havoc with your operating system.
     
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    As I posted earlier, I tried all the .om sites, quoted and only one opened which went to some innocuous site. No sight of the fake Flash software anywhere!:LOL:
    Oh guess what, Endgame who have picked up the .om problem, yes you've guessed right, sell protection software for OS X!:rolleyes:
     
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    Bound to be. Just like the myth that Apple can't override iPhone security, if it can be coded it can be decoded.
     
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    Of course they can, but they wont, not unless you can prove it's your phone, as the FBI have found out!!
     
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    Which is why it was stupid of them to claim (if some reports are to be believed) that they couldn't.
     
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    They didn't say they couldn't, they said they would not provide the FBI with the means to do it for themselves!

    It would seem that all the other OS providers are backing Apple on this one!
     
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    What do you think @Gromett I think that mariner is poo pooing your warning.:) Personally I would side with you on this Gromett.;):)
     
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